Update on Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and the Navy Air and Missile Defense Center
by Rear Admiral Alan B. Hicks
August 3, 2009
North Korea's actions over the July 4 weekend offered further illustration of the continuing importance of developing effective missile defense systems to protect the United States, our forces deployed abroad, and our allies.
On Monday, August 3rd, Rear Admiral Alan B. Hicks, program director of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense effort, offered an overview of the current status of the system as well as plans for the future.
The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System is a key component of the current missile defense architecture and is to play a prominent role in plans to expand ascent phase interception capabilities. The Navy recently established its own missile defense authority called the Navy Air and Missile Defense Command (NAMDC). The newly established office will support air and missile defense operations by integrating technologies and command and control functions.
Admiral Hicks' slide presentation is available here.